How to Flock a Tree: Two Easy Methods

Test out these two ways to flock a tree or greenery for a sparkling snow-covered appearance on your favorite holiday decor.

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Want your indoor holiday decor to have the snow-covered look? These two flocking methods—flocking spray and traditional flocking powder—will give Christmas greenery a winter wonderland vibe without the mess of melting snow. Each method can be touched up year after year for a flawless finish.

Decorated Christmas Trees

Method 1: Flocking Powder

What You Need

  • Flocking powder
  • Mesh wire colander sifter 
  • Spray bottle
  • Water 
  • Plastic sheeting or drop cloth

Step 1: Prep Work Space

Prepare your work surface with plastic sheeting or a drop cloth for easier cleanup. You will be dusting your decor item with powder, so make sure you are in a well-ventilated space cleared of keepsakes.

Step 2: Protect Base

Protect the base of your tree or anything you don't want flocked by wrapping it with plastic sheeting or a plastic bag. Open and fluff the branches of the tree for a fuller look. Make sure to fluff before flocking so that the powder falls in the correct places on the branches.

Step 3: Spray Tree

Using a spray bottle with a mist setting, lightly spray the tree with water. Be careful not to oversaturate the branches with water.

Step 4: Apply Flocking

Place flocking powder into a mesh wire sifter. By using a sifter rather than hand sprinkling, the distribution of powder will be more even across the surface of the branches.

Holding the sifter above the branches, sprinkle flocking powder on the tops of the tree's branches. You may need to slightly mist branches with water as you go to ensure the powder sticks.

Step 5: Layer and Let Dry

Continue sprinkling flocking powder and spraying branches until branches reach desired coverage. One you are done adding flocking powder, mist water over the top one more time and let dry. Decorate with twinkle lights or ornaments as desired.

Method 2: Flocking Spray

What You Need

  • Can of flocking spray
  • Plastic sheeting or drop cloth

Step 1: Prep Work Space

Protect your work surface with plastic sheeting or a drop cloth. Work in a well-ventilated space clear of keepsakes. Prep the can of flocking spray by shaking.

Step 2: Protect Base

Protect the base of the tree or any part of your item you don't want flocked by wrapping it with plastic sheeting or a plastic bag. Open and fluff the branches of the tree for a fuller look. Make sure to fluff before flocking.

Step 3: Spray Branches

Spray the tops of the branches with a steady back-and-forth motion. Continue layering until reaching desired coverage. The closer and more you spray, the heavier the snow appears. Once you are done spraying the branches, let dry. Decorate with lights and ornaments as desired.

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